Aaron Patrick Flanagan may be known by some in West Virginia as the former frontman for Morgantown hardcore band The Warriors, who was also an important player in the state's music scene in both Charleston and Morgantown for over a decade. Nowadays, the Elkview native is an educator at Columbia College in Chicago and also a poet.
Much of Flanagan's writing has to do with his Appalachian roots, including his most recently published lyric essay about the 2006 Sago Mine Disaster. The piece is featured in the current issue of literary journal Tarpaulin Sky. Flanagan is one of the finest emerging young writers from West Virginia. I encourage anyone to help support his art by purchasing a copy of the print version of Tarpaulin Sky #17 for only $12.